Fourth graders attend program on keeping tobacco free
Fourth graders in RSU 20 recently attended “Good Health, Good Choices,” a program focused on keeping young people tobacco free for life.
RSU 20 teachers and community volunteers shared information with the children about tobacco, including sessions on:
- health effects of tobacco;
- the effects of second and third hand smoke and the laws that protect non-smokers from second hand smoke;
- advertising of tobacco and alternative tobacco products; and
- self-empowerment with music (“My Mind is Mine”).
The students heard from older teens who started smoking as a way to relieve stress and how their addiction to tobacco is making it very hard for them to quit. They also learned about the more than 4,000 chemicals contained in tobacco and the smoke from tobacco.
The students also engaged in activities such as running with a heavy backpack, a mouth guard and weights to help them feel the difference in breathing and simulating the reduced lung capacity that smokers can experience.
The program was sponsored by RSU 20 and Waldo County General Hospital.